Chances are that you will be raising your glass this New Year’s Eve. Whether it’s to bid farewell to the year that was or to toast the possibilities that a new year promises, or maybe it’s a little of both, you might want to consider adding a whimsical and seasonal treat to your celebration, Sugared Cranberries.
It’s almost January. If you haven’t caught a cold by now, chances are that you probably will. Before I go any further, let me just go on the record: before I had children, I went 8 straight years without catching a cold. True story. If you’re familiar with the types of germs that lurk inside of schools – my kids have brought them all home. Thanks, kiddos.
With the colder temperatures starting to bear down on the northeastern United States, our bodies and immune systems need a little boost. Thankfully, our loving earth provides us with the perfect ingredients to protect and heal us from illness.
If there’s one recipe you need this holiday season, this is it. While this is the perfect breakfast to make for a crowd any time of the year, it’s my go-to for Christmas morning because it is prepared the day before.
So when the morning hoopla is in full swing, and a swirling storm of wrapping paper is encircling my children, and half-opened presents are being strewn about, and I am consciously taking-in all of the magical moments while simultaneously gathering-up bits of ribbon and piles of torn shiny paper from the floor, an incredibly delicious aroma will emerge, wafting in from the kitchen to blanket the scene.
Oh, you should be proud of me. This is the post and recipe that almost never happened. For the last few nights I have been all-consumed by… Gah!…the Hallmark Channel. I was finally, finally, able to pull myself away from those sappy, ridiculously predictable, but completely addictive, Christmas movies long enough to post this recipe for you before the holidays! I’ll make this quick so that
I can get back to those awful movies you can make these holiday cookies too.
Most foodies and wine connoisseurs would agree that chocolate and wine are natural companions. Both are complex, full flavored, some are sweeter than others, some are bitter. A general rule for pairing is that the wine should be comparable in sweetness, or boldness, to the chocolate. Today’s post is decadent and indulgent. Because sometimes we.just.need.to.indulge.
Anais Nin once said “we write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospection.” I believe the same can be said for home cooking. The comforting aroma of this soup conjures up childhood memories and connects me to my grandmother. And just like that, I’m 7 years old in her kitchen and there’s a big pot of simmering soup on her stove that she says she has made just for me. I can still smell the warm cotton of her sleeve as she sets down a bowl in front of me.